SALEM — Oregon State University will establish an independent governing board like those in the works at the state's two other large universities.

SALEM — Oregon State University will establish an independent governing board like those in the works at the state's two other large universities.

The university announced President Ed Ray's decision today.

The Legislature voted this year to give the University of Oregon and Portland State University more independence from the statewide Board of Higher Education that now governs universities.

Oregon State initially resisted an independent board but was given an option to pursue one at its own discretion. The four small universities can seek independent boards later.

Ray said in a statement an independent governing board will help the university contribute to Oregon's goal of having 40 percent of the population attain a college degree.

Gov. John Kitzhaber will appoint board members for each university, subject to Senate confirmation.

— Associated Press